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BAY LEAVES, DRIED, COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED OR PURCHASED IN BULK — UNOPENED OR OPENED

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1-3 years (best quality)

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  • How long do dried bay leaves last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions —to maximize the shelf life of dried bay leaves store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • How long do dried bay leaves last at room temperature? Properly stored, dried bay leaves will generally stay at best quality for about 1 to 3 years.
  • To maximize the shelf life of dried bay leaves purchased in bulk, and to better retain flavor and potency, store in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Are dried bay leaves safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged dried bay leaves will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before," or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the dried bay leaves will remain at peak quality.
  • Do dried bay leaves ever spoil? No, commercially packaged dried bay leaves do not spoil, but they will start to lose potency over time and not flavor food as intended - the storage time shown is for best quality only.
  • How can you tell if dried bay leaves are still good? To test whether dried bay leaves are still potent enough to be effective: Rub or crush a small amount in your hand, then taste and smell them - if the aroma is weak and the flavor is not obvious, the dried bay leaves should be replaced.

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